18 June, 2009
I’m sure you have all heard of Pace Foods. If not, where have you been?! Our family is Pace lovers. The husband loves chips and salsa and Pace is all we ever buy. Their salsa has great flavor and it’s super chunky, which I love. Though, because husband has wussy taste buds, I’m forced to buy the Mild when I prefer the HOT!
Anyway, I’ve always associated Pace with chips and salsa. However, I was given the opportunity to try Pace and shed a whole new light on it. How can I use Pace outside of the traditional dipping salsa? Here’s what I came up with.
First, I got to review the Pace Picante in Medium. I tried to think of something genius to use it with, when I remembered, I’ve been using this to kick up my rice for many years now! Perfect! All you do is make the amount of rice you want, and when it’s done, add cheese and salsa to taste. I call this my Mexican rice. Super simple, no brainer, can be used for a snack or for a side dish. If you want to get creative, pair it with some fajitas. It’s a great blend of flavors!
I also wanted to try using it with some chicken, because it sounded really yummy. I found this recipe and just had to try it. YUMMY!! I loved it.
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 teaspoons canola oil
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 medium green pepper, chopped
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups salsa
2 cups hot cooked rice
1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
In a large skillet, saute chicken in oil until no longer pink; drain and set aside. Coat skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Saute mushrooms, green pepper, onion, celery, corn and garlic for 6-8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add salsa and reserved chicken; heat through. Serve over rice. Top with cheese and sour cream.
I also got to review their Mexican Four Cheese sauce. Can I just tell you, I am fully addicted to this! It’s amazingly yummy and has just enough kick. It is fantastic warmed up with chips as a dip, but that’s not the point of this post, is it? I found that it was amazing in bean burritos - just pour it over the top of the beans instead of melting cheese and BAM, you’ve got some serious flavor with a great spice to it. To be completely honest, it was hard for me to not just whip out the chips and eat this straight. I would eat it with a spoon if it were socially acceptable. :)
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